I joined the National Probation Service in 2005 as a dedicated trainee probation officer committed to supporting my local community and reducing re-offending in inner city Birmingham. I have since worked in various roles both as a front line team manager then project manager until taking my current position, as regional Equalities Manager in 2014 responsible for promoting and delivering inclusive practices for staff and service users. I came out as a trans woman five years ago, the only visible trans person in the NPS I’m aware of, and shared my experience with colleagues nationally across Prisons, Probation and the Ministry of Justice to develop understanding and celebrate diversity. I am passionate about empowering people and support a range of initiatives across business and charity speaking publicly in schools, prisons, corporations and in Government. I have given interviews to magazines, radio and newspapers to amplify trans voices and highlight inequality for LGBT people and volunteer for Mermaids, Diversity Role Models, Stonewall, All About Trans and others. Two years ago, I co-created an online community, TransWorkersUK, to support trans people in the workplace and have contributed to research to improve workplace experiences. Outside of work, I’m a keen runner and having finished five marathons, am competing in my first ultramarathon in September.
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